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September Events at the Linen Hall Library

31 August 2014

LINEN HALL LIBRARY CAPTURES ESSENCE OF NORTHERN IRELAND DIVERSITY IN THE BELONGING PROJECT “No man is an island” wrote the famous English poet John Donne. In September, the Linen Hall Library embraces this concept with The Belonging Project: Stories and Portraits of Individual Migrants. This collection of photographs cameos Northern Irish migrants accompanied by audio interviews of their experiences Also in September, one of NI’s finest abstract artists Gary Shaw...

August Events at the Linen Hall

04 August 2014

THE BEATING HEART OF BELFAST’S MUSIC SCENE IS OBSERVED IN NEW LINEN HALL EXHIBITION Belfast’s music scene is observed in all of its gritty, raw reality in a new photographic exhibition by Diarmuid Kennedy entitled We are… August also sees the continuation of two other popular photographic exhibitions plus a night celebrating new literary voices and an event to remember BBC broadcaster Tony McAuley. The schedule of events, in chronological order, is:   We...

HLF Announcement of grant for Linen Hall Library 'Troubles' history collection

31 July 2014

Key archives of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ history collection to be conserved and digitised thanks to nearly £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Unique holdings of the internationally renowned Northern Ireland Political Collection held in Belfast’s Linen Hall Library are set to be conserved and digitally published after receiving initial support for a £374,300 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Linen Hall Library’s Northern Ireland...

Linen Hall in the Great Hall

28 July 2014

The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission is hosting one of the Library’s popular exhibitions, Bog Meadow and Surrounding Hills, named after a Michael Longley couplet. The exhibition celebrates the literary life of local writers and will hang in the Great Hall, Stormont, throughout the summer until 13 September. There will also be items from the Library’s collections on show which embrace the many aspects of writing, publishing and reading. The exhibition coincides with the...

Lost and Found - Unique Irish Manuscript

25 July 2014

In 2008, an 18th century Irish manuscript was discovered at a rare books auction in Munich by Professor Nikolaus Grüger, husband of renowned NI opera singer Dr Angela Feeney. The item was a genealogy of the Irish O’Reilly clan from the Kingdom of Breifne – modern County Cavan today. This fascinating piece of history was brought to the attention of Linen Hall Librarian John Killen. It is exceptional in its breadth of information and use of important contemporary sources...

Linen Hall Goes Big on Beckett

11 July 2014

Linen Hall Library Goes Big On Beckett With Personal Items Never Before Seen In Belfast From 29 – 31 July, the Linen Hall Library honours one of the 20th century’s most influential writers - Samuel Beckett. The three day mini-festival includes an exhibition of items never brought to Belfast before, a one-day conference, and talks with Beckett experts. Central to the schedule will be an exhibition entitled Becoming Beckett curated by Dr Conor Carville and Dr Mark Nixon from...

Ancient and Natural Ireland are Captured In Drawn By Light

09 July 2014

Ancient and Natural Ireland are Captured In Drawn By Light - A New Exhibition at the Linen Hall Library This week the Linen Hall launches NI photographer Patricia Pyne’s new exhibition Drawn By Light, a series of images focusing on the natural world, symbolic landscapes and ancient megaliths of the Province of Ulster. Over the past ten years Patricia has quickly established a reputation as a stylish and creative photographer. Whether it’s the intricate pattern of a...

July Events at the Linen Hall

01 July 2014

IT’S A VISUAL STAYCATION AT THE LINEN HALL LIBRARY IN JULY WITH THREE NEW ART EXHIBITIONS Forget taking off for sunnier climes this month….just step into the Linen Hall Library for a visual staycation as we launch three new striking art exhibitions. Plus…we’re spotlighting one of the 20th century’s most influential writers, Samuel Beckett, with an exhibition and series of events. The schedule of events, in chronological order, is: SITUATION...

Linen Hall Raises the Curtain on the 2014 Happy Days Beckett Festival

06 June 2014

The Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival is back! The Festival is one of the largest multi-arts events on the island of Ireland and runs from 31 July – 10 August. The Library is working in partnership with Happy Days and is holdings its own Beckett exhibition and related activities from 29 – 31 July as a ‘curtain raiser’ for the Enniskillen-based programme. Information about our Beckett events will be forthcoming. For more information about the...